Msgr. Charles Pope

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Coronavirus Stalks in the Darkness, But Do Not Be Afraid

I write this from my perspective as a priest responsible for the care of souls; I do not claim to be a medical expert. My pastoral concern is that we as a nation and as a Church have succumbed to excessive fear, which bespeaks a spiritual...

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‘Coronavirus, Where is Thy Sting?’ — Why This Gripping Fear is Useless

As many of you know, I was seriously ill with a strange, pneumonia-like illness from December through early February. The hacking cough I developed eventually led to torn intercostal muscles, three broken ribs, pleurisy and internal bleeding. I...

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8 Ways to Start Rolling Back Church Coronavirus Restrictions Now

We are more than four weeks into a disaster unprecedented in our lifetimes. Of first concern are those who are gravely ill and those who have died. But we cannot forget many others who have lost their jobs or seen their businesses and...

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Canceling Public Masses in Rome is Not the Answer to Coronavirus

The Scriptures warn us of a most serious threat to our spiritual well-being, which is the fear of death: Now since the children have flesh and blood, [Jesus] too shared in their humanity, so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the...

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My Reaction to Querida Amazonia

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod, Querida Amazonia. I was greatly relieved when I read the carefully penned document, as I saw in it an answer to our prayers. You may recall I wrote the...

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This is a Time of Great Consternation — Abide in the Truth That Liberates

As I have been reading Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book, Christus Vincit, I am struck by the similarities between his experiences and mine. Although we come from very different parts of the world, we were born just a couple of months apart in...

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U.S. Bishops Must Clear Up This Communion Confusion

Judge Sara Smolenski, Chief Judge of the 63rd District Court in Kent County, Michigan, was recently advised by her pastor, Father Scott Nolan, that she should not receive Holy Communion because she claimed to enter into a “marriage” with a woman....

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The Silence of the Church Deafens the World

The books of First and Second Maccabees, which we read every year at this time in the Divine Office, are especially pertinent for us today, when religious syncretism and outright idolatry are allowed to go uncorrected if not openly...

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Pray for a Miracle — An Initial Reaction to the Close of the Synod

I, like many of you, feel overwhelmed by the events of the past month in Rome. Many an evening, late into the night, I have come before the Lord in the rectory chapel in lament for the confusion and chaos in the Church, the Lord’s beautiful bride...

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Will Radical Environmentalism Infect the Amazon Synod?

I have written two previous articles here at the National Catholic Register expressing my serious concerns about the working document (instrumentum laboris) of the Amazon Synod. The first article focused on the document’s near-deification of the...